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The truth about PTSD and trauma: Why the two constructs are not one in the same.

Post-traumatic stress is a relatively new psychological phenomena which was classified in the early 1970s largely in response to psychologists recognizing that a proportion of Vietnam War veterans...

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Introducing defeat and entrapment theory into the domestic violence literature: Implications for learned helplessness theory as an explanation for why individuals remain in abusive relationships and experience depression.

Within defeat and entrapment theory, depression is thought to be unconsciously manifested as a submissive behaviour which is displayed in order to minimise conflict and restore social rank imbalances.

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Reforming Trauma Coaching's 5 tips to help you to become mentally stronger and more resilient in life.

Life is challenging even at the best of times. Life will always have its ups and downs and the struggle will always be real. The ability to become mentally stronger and resilient however will help you to overcome any adversity that life throws at you. With resiliency and a strong mind, what was once a massive mountain of a problem that would send you into a spiral of depression, anxiety, helplessness and self-doubt becomes but a mere bump in the road and an exciting opportunity to learn and grow. So here are my 5 tips on how to develop a stronger mind and become more resilient.

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Can you tell the difference between genuine romantic interest and love bombing?

Most of us have experienced the whirlwind of passion, romance and excitement that comes with meeting a new romantic interest.

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In a world full of popularised catch phrases and self-diagnosis, what does it mean to ‘be’ OCD?

The phrase “oh, I’m so OCD” or “It’s normal, I’m just a little OCD” has become an increasingly common catch phrase to explain away perfectionistic tendencies.

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Psychopaths Vs Sociopaths...Is there a difference?

Whilst the two terms are used interchangeably, there are significant differences between a psychopath and a sociopath. To begin, one of the easiest ways to differentiate between the two is to remember that the P in psychopath stands for primary or pure and the S in sociopath stands for secondary or social. This means that a psychopath is of primary origin. From birth. Pure. The sociopath however, as the name implies, is socially engineered. They are secondary. Below psychopaths in the hierarchy and constructed via social means (i.e., influenced by another/others).

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How can trauma be a uniquely experienced and deeply personal event whilst simultaneously being a relatively common response to being exposed to a traumatic event?

Within psychology, the concept of qualia refers to subjective or personal conscious experiences. The most common manner in which the concept of qualia is described is with the question ‘Is the colour red that you see the same colour red that I see?’ Basically, what this means is how can two people, who have different biological, neurological, genetic and epistemological makeups, be certain that they are seeing the colour red in exactly the same way? Philosophically speaking, it is not possible to know this. So how can we relate the concept of qualia to people who have experienced trauma and the trauma professionals who claim they can help them?

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How does repeated exposure to trauma lead to learned helplessness?

Learned helplessness is the belief that we are incapable of changing the course of negative events therefore failure is inevitable. The condition stems from a lack of perceived control. Once learned helplessness has been relied upon for a long time, it can be rather difficult to reverse the effects.

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Seriously... Your'e going out looking like that?

After so many years this statement from your parents can still play in your mind whenever you stand in front of the mirror examining your clothes before you go out. This constant chatter in your head that judges you and tells you that your clothes look silly. It’s the same as when you go to the beach or the gym and you suddenly become self-conscious and recall all the times someone has called you fat. Or ugly. Or any other mean comment that hurt your feelings and you still hold onto after all this time.

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Reforming Trauma Coaching's 5 simple steps for quick and easy meditation

1. Choose either a guided meditation or some calming music of your choice. YouTube is a great source for both options. The key to using guided meditation is listening. Really listening. Listening, trusting and following the instructions of your chosen guided meditation will help you to attain a meditative state faster. Once you practice meditation for a while, any kind of your favorite music can be used. Just keep the key ideas about meditating in mind and you will relax in no time. 2. If you want to use incense sticks or fragrant oils, choose very subtle fragrances...

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